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Lugo PBIS: Implicit Bias and the Discipline Referral
Transcript of Lugo PBIS: Implicit Bias and the Discipline Referral
October 30, 2015
Implicit Bias is...
…The tendency to automatically associate people (
e.g., Construction Workers, African Americans, or Women
) with certain characteristics (
e.g., masculinity, athleticism, criminality, or nurturing
) based upon the stereotypical characteristics of the groups into which they are placed.
A student’s color, gender identity, disability or zip code should not fate him or her to negative outcomes
Discussing equity and bias is
In discussing equity and taking steps,
we will make mistakes
Taking steps means we’re doing something towards making a
change for the better
The Danger of a Single Story
Implicit Bias is...
Unconscious & automatic
Based on stereotypes
Something we all have (even those affected by it)
an indication of our beliefs and values
More likely to influence snap decisions and decisions that are ambiguous
Implicit bias is a product of System 1 thinking!
We act on our implicit biases without awareness. They can undermine our true intentions and our decisions.
A closer look at implicit bias...
The Single Story: Affects of Implicit Bias
Dual Systems Thinking
Lugo Elementary PBIS: Implicit Bias & Discipline Referrals
“If we want to maintain the trust of parents and communities in our schools, we must start by treating our children with respect and human dignity…we also have to take a hard look at ourselves, our history, and the implicit biases that we all carry. The ugly truth – the harsh reality – is that still today, some children are far more likely to face harsh discipline than others, simply because of their zip code or the color of their skin.”
Chimamanda Adichie- TED TALK 2009
Is there a
single story about our students?
Office Discipline Referral
Expected behaviors are defined clearly
Problem behaviors are defined clearly
Expected behaviors are taught
Expected behaviors are acknowledged regularly
Consistent consequences are used
Classroom procedures are consistent with School Wide systems
PBIS vs. Implicit Bias
ake a break & Reflect
bserve what's going on
roceed mindfully w/ student’s best interest in mind
Neutralize the Situation
System 1 examples (for most ppl): driving, eating, speaking, scrolling social media
System 2 examples (for most): writing a letter, speaking in public, trying a new skill
An example of a "typical" response to negative behaviors
...take two deep breaths
recognize my upset feelings and let them go...
...picture this student as a future doctor or lawyer
...delay my decision until I can think clearly
Click on the video!!
Special Appreciation to our
Lion-Hearted PBIS Committee
for making it all HAPPEN!